Swimming stars crowned champs

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Harrogate Grammar School were recently crowned champions in the Leeds Schools and District swimming competition.

The school has a wealth of talented students swimming for Harrogate and Wetherby and PE teacher, Helen Barker, entered the students to give those who swim outside of school a chance to showcase their talent.  

Helen said: “I admire these students who spend two to three hours training in the pool every day either in the early hours of the morning or in the evening. They have a punishing schedule but all manage to balance their training and school work effectively.”

The team were lacking in male swimmers, so the girls had to swim against the boys. Louisa Ibberson swam the Individual Medley, 25m swimming butterfly, breaststroke, front crawl and backstroke and beat her male opposition.

Sassy Palfreman also competed at Ponds Forge in Sheffield recently where she came away with gold medals in 100m and 200m butterfly, and 100m freestyle; placing her 29th nationally. 

Pictured, back from left, Lily Davis, Amy Collins, Freya Sugarman, Fiona Normand, Jack Morley, Harris Lister; middle from left, Holly Pickering, Ewa Hardaker, Sassy Palfreeman, Grace Mountain, Lucy Vincent, Emily Vincent, Amy Kempster; front from left, Lucy Cape, Rose Forrest, Alexandra Whitaker, Louisa Ibberson, Millie Kershaw, Emmeline Graham, Abbie Thompson.